by Suzanne Brockmann

ISBN: 1-555166-759-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Suzanne Brockmann makes it so easy to fall in love with a guy in uniform. But in this story, SEAL Team Alpha member Alan Francisco isnít in uniform, heís in a wheelchair, where heís spent the last five years undergoing surgeries for his busted knee. And that, to a SEAL is the equivalent of a death sentence.

In fact, heís a man facing an empty and desolate future when two women intrude on his depressed life. One is his five-year old niece, and the other his neighbor, tenth grade teacher Mia Summerton.

Ms. Brockmannís portrayal of the SEAL state of mind has never been so sure and engrossing as it is here. We donít see Frisco doing deeds of bravery and courage, instead we see what happens to a man whose life has been ripped from him. And we watch, enthralled, as he finds the means to rebuild his life. The means, of course, which are delivered by the two women who come to mean more to him than he could ever have imagined.

Yes, thereís a great and believable plot, and there is, of course, plenty of action which eventually involves other team members (Lt. Catalanotto (from Prince Joe), and Blue McCoy (from Forever Blue), but this story is all about Frisco and his fight against his own devils. The romance is real; Mia is a sterling example of a good woman who wants to love the good man lurking beneath the anger and the fear, and Frisco himself is simply extraordinary in his honesty.

As is always the case with Suzanne Brockmann, this is a ďdonít miss itĒ book, and Team Alpha goes up alongside Team Sixteen on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Celia.

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